Kachere Rehabilitation Centre

Kachere Rehabilitation Centre

Blantyre

Kachere Rehabilitation Centre is part of the Malawian non-Government organisation called Malawi Against Physical Disabilities (MAP). MAP was already running outreach rehabilitative services by the early 1980’s reaching both the urban and rural communities throughout Malawi.  As the organisation carried out these services, in the mid 80’s they realized that some clients needed intensive rehabilitation, and that just the monthly visits they were making to each place were not sufficient for those with acute rehabilitation needs.

This is when the idea of building a rehabilitation centre came in. Various individuals, local companies and international organisations were approached to assist with the construction of the Centre’s funding. Among the international organizations that were approached with constructing the Centre were Christoffel Blindenmission the European Community, Christoffelblinden Mission and the Beit Trust.

Construction of the Centre took approximately two years, and in August 1992 the Centre was completed and was ready to start its operations.  Unfortunately Christoffel Blinden mission who offered to provide  the initial staffing took time to identify the staff until 1994. In 1994 therefore Christoffel blindenmission took up the full financing of the Centre. Until 1998 when they phased out.

Kachere Rehabilitation Centre is Malawi’s only medical facility designed to provide intensive medical rehabilitation to people who have met with a disabling condition such as stroke, road traffic accident, industrial accident, tumours and disease.The Centre is situated along Chipatala Avenue opposite the country’s main referral hospital, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, in the commercial city of Blantyre.

Since the target group of the Centre is the poor, all rehabilitation and nursing services are provided at no cost to all admitted patients.  Food is also provided at no cost to 90% of the patients.  However, there are a few patients who can afford to pay for their meals and other private room facilities; these are asked to pay an appropriate fee.  These make up only 10% of the clients.

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  • James Gavin